the word on the street April 2 , 2008

Project Coming to an End
Spring is in the air once more, and the Fremont Bridge Approach Replacement Project is nearing completion just as originally planned. The contractor expects to finish the third and final phase of the project-electrical and mechanical upgrades for the bridge operations-during evening closures over the next few weeks.

The project is being completed on time and on budget, despite of a complete lack of concrete during a production plant strike in August 2006. Moreover, the job had an excellent safety record and was able to avoid any full weekend closures.

Re-Paving Planned for Next Week
As part of the ongoing effort to maintain Seattle's arterials, SDOT is planning on re-paving a few areas near the bridge during the nighttime bridge closures next week (4/7-4/10) when traffic will be detoured around the bridge in any case.

The areas to be re-paved are at either end of the new bridge approaches. On the north side, Fremont Avenue will be repaved from North 34th to North 35th Street. On the south side, the pavement will be replaced between the intersection of Fourth Avenue, Westlake and Dexter and the south approach.

Repaving is actually preceded by "de-paving"-grinding off old deteriorated pavement. The paving crew expects to have both areas ground down and resurfaced within a single week by working between 8PM and 6AM. (SDOT will finish their noisier operations before midnight.)

No-park signs and lane closures will be used to keep the areas being repaved clear of vehicles to speed the work.

  Final Nighttime Closures At Hand
There will be just a few more weeks of nighttime closures as the new electro-mechanical systems are tested prior to pulling up stakes and OK'ing the final bills.

On Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights through 4/17 the bridge will likely be closed to all traffic vehicles between 9PM and 6AM. However, please keep an eye on the electronic signage and the list serve for any changes.

Art Work Plans
The artwork for the Fremont Bridge Approach project is being developed by artist Tina Hoggatt in conjunction with SDOT and the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs.

Hoggatt's artwork will be located on both sides of the bridge-along the Ship Canal trail on the south side and directly under the bridge along the Burke-Gilman Trail on the north side. The proposed artwork designs include historical trolley poles salvaged from the bridge, a bench overlooking the canal, a decorative fence, and an interpretive plaque with information about the history of the Fremont Bridge and the Lake Washington Ship Canal. The artwork will be installed in late 2008.

For more information please feel free to contact Patricia Hopper, Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, 206-684-7311 or patricia.hopper@seattle.gov.


For More Info
If you have questions or concerns regarding the project please call SDOT Project Manager Lorelei Mesic at 206-684-5178 or lorelei.mesic@seattle.gov. Also, businesses may contact Art Brochet at 206-547-1008 or art@muirpr.com.